Real-Time Monitoring of Complex Industrial Processes with Particle Filters

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 15 (NIPS 2002)

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Rubén Morales-Menéndez, Nando de Freitas, David Poole


This paper discusses the application of particle filtering algorithms to fault diagnosis in complex industrial processes. We consider two ubiq- uitous processes: an industrial dryer and a level tank. For these appli- cations, we compared three particle filtering variants: standard parti- cle filtering, Rao-Blackwellised particle filtering and a version of Rao- Blackwellised particle filtering that does one-step look-ahead to select good sampling regions. We show that the overhead of the extra process- ing per particle of the more sophisticated methods is more than compen- sated by the decrease in error and variance.